Small Business Development Center highlights 2012 successes

The North Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently shared results for 2012 during which it provided business consulting to 415 clients and helped them access over $15 million in business financing.

Tom Willett withTRW Consulting
Tom Willett with
TRW Consulting

“This is great news for businesses in our region” stated Greg Bergman, North Central SBDC Regional Director, “that is twice as much financing as our clients received in 2011.” In addition, the center assisted in the development of 29 new businesses in 2012.

“We can help people who have an idea for a new business; those who are getting ready to start a business; as well as those who already own a business and are in need of some outside advice” said Tom Willett, an SBDC consultant in Cambridge. “Through the SBDC program we can provide this advice at no cost to our clients.”

The center often helps business owners and prospective business owners with business planning, marketing advice, financial management and accessing financing.

For individuals with a business idea, they can discuss your idea with you and help you determine if it has the potential to make enough money to support yourself and meet your business goals.

If you are getting ready to start a business, you may need help writing a business plan, projecting sales and expenses, and/or help with a bank loan application.

For those already in business, the SBDC often helps with financial issues such as planning cash flow, marketing to increase sales, or just general help with ideas to better manage your business.

Businesses and residents located in Isanti, Pine and Kanabec counties are encouraged to contact Tom Willett for SBDC services.

Willett has been in business for over 20 years and has been providing business consulting services to small business in the area for the past four years.

In 2012 he worked with 66 business owners. The types of businesses he has worked with include construction companies, inspection services, medical services, retail stores, resorts, transportation, travel and more.

If you have a question or to learn more, call Tom Willett at 763-691-8585. To register for SBDC consulting services go to